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When Baristas Unionize: What Happens Next?
Join faculty from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Department of Urban Planning for a Teach-In on April 6th at 6-7:30 p.m.
Room 276 in Building E62 on the MIT campus, 100 Main Street, Cambridge, MA
Serving refreshments purchased from Forge Baking Co. starting at 5:30 p.m.
Across the United States, more workers are trying to organize unions than at any time in recent history. Some are successful in forming a union and reaching a first contract with their employers; some are not yet there. Vivid examples are playing out in our community, where the local coffeehouse company Diesel Cafe, Bloc & Forge Baking Company and its baristas’ union successfully reached a first contract while unionized Starbucks stores and Starbucks Workers United have not. This is a “teachable moment,” and so we invite
students, faculty, staff, and community members to hear from employees, managers, and union representatives at this “Teach-In” jointly sponsored by the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER) at the MIT Sloan School and by the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
We will explore:
What explains these differences?
What should customers do when faced with these different coffee options?
What is at stake for our community?
Is there a positive path forward for the future of work in this industry and others?
Welcomes (5 minutes)
Erin L. Kelly, MIT Sloan Professor and Co-Director of the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER) and J. Phillip Thompson, Professor, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Background Briefing (10 minutes)
Professor Nathan Wilmers, MIT Sloan School
What’s at stake here? Why are these coffeehouse cases important?
Panel Discussion (30 minutes)
Facilitated by Phil Thompson and Tom Kochan, MIT Sloan Professor Emeritus
Jennifer Park, Co-owner, Courtney Verhaalen, CEO, Diesel Cafe, Bloc Cafe, Forge Baking Co, and Forge Ice Cream.
Ryan Murphy, Jt. Board of UNITE-HERE; and
Mia Kundert,worker/lunion representative
Julia Berkman, Starbucks Workers United. (Note: Starbucks management representative invited)
Professor Karilyn M. Crockett, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning and former Director of Economic
Policy and Research and Director of Small Business Development, City of Boston
Q & A (30 minutes)
Commentary and Wrap-up Phil Thompson and Tom Kochan (10 minutes)
WHEN BARISTAS UNIONIZE POSTER 4 06 2023 EVENT revised 3 24 2023